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Tame, Leslie John (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1945-January-21

Birth Date: 1909-June-30 (age 35)

Born: East Hanney, United Kingdom

Son of John and Mabel Tame, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1942-05-29

15 SFTS- Service Flying Training School
Claresholm, Alberta, Canada
Flight Sergeant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
Flight Sergeant Tame was employed as a Link Trainer Instructor.
Was killed in the crash of Anson aircraft 8627. At the time of the crash the aircraft was engaged in a low level navigation exercise, when it collided with a ferry cable which was suspended 25 feet above the ice. The aircraft crashed onto the river ice ten miles south of Bassano, Alberta also killing two RAF airmen, Flight Sergeant Tame was a Link Trainer Instructor and was killed when Anson aircraft 8627, engaged in a low level navigation exercise, collided with a ferry cable which was suspended 25 feet above the ice. The aircraft crashed onto the river ice ten miles south of Bassano, Alberta. The following personnel were killed in this crash, Sergeant Kenneth Leslie Sutton, Flight Sergeant Leslie John Tame, and Leading Aircraftman Ian Robert Vidler

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Crew on Anson Mk. II 8627

Avro Anson

Avro Anson Mk. V
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Museum's Anson Mk. V was built by MacDonald Brothers in Winnipeg in 1944. It flew with No. 7 Photographic Wing and No. 414 Squadron in Ottawa on photo survey work until the late 1940s. In 1956, it was purchased by INCO and used for mineral surveying until 1980, when it was donated to the Museum. The exterior is painted in the yellow colour common to all BCATP trainers and is in its same wartime RCAF markings.

The Avro Anson was known by a number of nicknames including "Faithful Annie" or "Flying Greenhouse". It was the first aircraft to be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force to have a retractable undercarriage, which was a comparative novelty in 1936. In 1940, a Canadian government owned company, Federal Aircraft Limited, was created in Montreal to manufacture the Anson for Canadian use. Nearly 3,000 Anson aircraft were produced and, in the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), the Anson was the standard trainer for many pilots, observers (navigators), wireless operators and bomb aimers. More than 20,000 aircrew received training on the Anson. In Canadian service, the aircraft was substantially re-designed with the substitution of North American engines and many other airframe and equipment changes. Harold Skaarup web pages

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (4404), RCAF 400 Squadron (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (257)
last update: 2022-02-22 21:45:24

Anson Mk. II 8627

Noted as not equipped with dual brakes when accepted. Delivered to stored reserve, issued from storage on 13 July 1942. To storage with No. 4 Training Command on 2 March 1944, issued from storage in August 1944. To No. 2 Air Command on 1 December 1944. With No. 15 Service Flying Training School at Claresholm, Alberta when it crashed on 21 January 1945. Struck a ferry cable across the Bow River near Bassano, Alberta (70 miles north-east of Claresholm) at 14:30 during low level navigation exercise, sank through ice on the river. LAC I.R. Vidler, RAAF, F/S L.J. Tame, and Pilot Officer K.L. Suton, RAF killed. To No. 10 Repair Depot on 10 February 1945 for scrapping.
1942-07-07 Taken on Strength No. 2 Training Command 2019-08-20
1943-April-12 Accident: 38 Service Flying Training School Loc: Relief Landing Ground Names: Lewis
1943-June-15 Accident: 38 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Gallagher | Nicholson
1943-November-13 Accident: 38 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Harrison
1945-January-21 Accident: 15 Service Flying Training School Loc: Bassano Alberta Names: Sutton | Tame | Vidler
1945-03-28 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

15 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (15 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

SFTS15 Patch

For More Information on RCAF Station Claresholm see here

  • RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station Claresholm AB

  • RCAF Roundel - Relief Landing Field Woodhouse AB

  • RCAF Roundel - Relief Landing Field Champion AB

  • General 15 SFTS Claresholm History

  • Museum Vintage Wings - Ghosts Of Southern Alberta

  • BCMC Claresholm History

  • Museum Bomber Command Museum of Canada - 14 SFTS Claresholm AB

  • Wings Over Claresholm Alberta Video

  • YouTube YouTube - Wings over Claresholm

  • 1941-04-12 Primary Location Claresholm AB Canada Current location Claresholm Industrial Airport CEJ4
    1941-04-12 Relief Field Woodhouse AB Canada Abandoned returned to agriculture still visible on satellite image.
    1941-04-13 Relief Field Champion AB Canada Approximate location returned to agriculture.

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